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Working As A Biomedical Equipment Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Biomedical Equipment Specialist Do

Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment.

Duties

Medical equipment repairers typically do the following:

  • Install medical equipment
  • Test and calibrate parts and equipment
  • Repair and replace parts
  • Perform preventive maintenance and service
  • Keep records of maintenance and repairs
  • Review technical manuals and regularly attend training sessions
  • Explain and demonstrate how to operate medical equipment
  • Manage replacement of medical equipment

Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMET), repair a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and health practitioners’ offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment. They also may work on medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. In addition, they repair medical equipment that dentists and eye doctors’ use.

If a machine has problems or is not functioning to its potential, repairers first diagnose the problem. They then adjust the mechanical, electronic, or hydraulic parts or modify the software in order to recalibrate the equipment and fix the issue.

To do their work, medical equipment repairers use a variety of tools. Most use hand tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and soldering irons. Others use electronic tools, such as multimeters (an electronic measuring device that combines several measures) and computers. Much of the equipment that they maintain and repair use specialized test-equipment software. Repairers use this software to calibrate the machines.

Many doctors, particularly specialty practitioners, rely on complex medical devices to run tests and diagnose patients, and they must be confident that the readings are accurate. Therefore, medical equipment repairers sometimes perform routine scheduled maintenance to ensure that sophisticated equipment, such as x-ray machines and CAT scanners, are in good working order. For less complicated equipment, such as electric hospital beds, workers make repairs as needed.

In a hospital setting, medical equipment repairers must be comfortable working around patients because repairs occasionally must take place while equipment is being used. When this is the case, the repairer must take great care to ensure that their work activities do not disturb patients.

Although some medical equipment repairers are trained to fix a variety of equipment, others specialize in repairing one or a small number of machines.

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How To Become A Biomedical Equipment Specialist

Employers generally prefer candidates who have an associate’s degree in biomedical technology or engineering. Depending on the area of specialization, repairers may need a bachelor’s degree, especially for advancement.

Education

Education requirements for medical equipment repairers vary, depending on a worker’s experience and area of specialization. However, the most common education is an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering. Those who repair less-complicated equipment, such as hospital beds and electric wheelchairs, may learn entirely through on-the-job training, sometimes lasting up to 1 year. Repairers who work on more sophisticated equipment, such as CAT scanners and defibrillators, may need a bachelor’s degree.

Training

New workers generally observe and help experienced repairers for 3 to 6 months to start. As they learn, workers gradually become more independent while still under supervision.

Each piece of equipment is different, so medical equipment repairers must learn each one separately. In some cases, this requires studying a machine’s technical specifications and operating manual. Medical device manufacturers also may provide technical training.

Medical equipment technology is rapidly evolving, and new devices are frequently introduced. Repairers must continually update their skills and knowledge of new technologies and equipment through seminars and self-study. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may also offer training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a repairer’s opportunities for advancement. Most manufacturers and employers, particularly those in hospitals, often pay for their in-house medical repairers to become certified.

Some associations offer certifications for medical equipment repairers. For example, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) offers certification in three specialty areas—Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES), and Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Medical equipment repairers must effectively communicate technical information by telephone, in writing, and in person when speaking to clients, supervisors, and co-workers.

Dexterity. Many tasks, such as connecting or attaching parts and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Medical equipment repairers must be familiar with medical components and systems and how they interact. Often, repairers must disassemble and reassemble major parts for repair.

Physical stamina. Standing, crouching, and bending in awkward positions are common when making repairs to equipment. Therefore, workers should be physically fit.

Technical skills. Technicians use sophisticated diagnostic tools when working on complex medical equipment. They must be familiar with both the equipment’s internal parts and the appropriate tools needed to fix them.

Time-management skills. Because repairing vital medical equipment is urgent, workers must make good use of their time and perform repairs quickly.

Troubleshooting skills. As medical equipment becomes more intricate, problems become more difficult to identify. Therefore, repairers must be able to find and solve problems that are not immediately apparent.

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$154,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Voca Corp Of North Carolina
Highest Paying City
Mankato, MN
Highest Paying State
Nebraska
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Biomedical Equipment Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Biomedical Equipment Specialist in the United States is $77,532 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $154,000.

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Top Skills for A Biomedical Equipment Specialist

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Medical Equipment Reports
  3. Repair Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Explained and demonstrate correct operation and preventative maintenance of medical equipment to end users.
  • Prepare and submit medical equipment reports.
  • Identify and order repair parts and supplies needed for daily tasks associated with equipment within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Provide on-site technical support for medical simulation systems, and consultative support to field based Biomedical Support Specialists on simulation technology.
  • Develop medical equipment preventive maintenance procedures based off manufacturer recommendations, and facility standards.

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Biomedical Equipment Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

78.5%

Female

12.4%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Welsh

25.0%

French

25.0%

Biomedical Equipment Specialist Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

18.4%

Medical Education and Training Campus

12.2%

Regis University

8.2%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Drexel University

6.1%

Thomas Edison State University

6.1%

Dakota County Technical College

4.1%

Dana College

4.1%

Indiana State University

4.1%

Roosevelt University

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

4.1%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.1%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.0%

Brown University

2.0%

Suffolk County Community College

2.0%

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

2.0%

University of the District of Columbia

2.0%

Austin Peay State University

2.0%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

2.0%
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Majors

Biomedical Engineering

19.8%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

15.3%

Electrical Engineering

13.7%

Business

12.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.6%

General Studies

5.3%

Biology

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Management

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Medical Assisting Services

1.5%

Computer Science

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.5%

Associate

23.8%

Other

21.3%

Certificate

13.4%

Masters

8.5%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

1.2%
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